I have been working at INESCTEC since 2014, where I am integrated at the Center for Applied Photonics.
As a Chemist, I have extensive background and experience in synthesis, characterization and (on a long list of) various laboratorial techniques, including the determination of photophysical properties. My experience began in a more biochemical-focused area with health-related studies, with animal supplementation applications for produce improvement, and later on with methods for valorization of primary industry by-products.
Within the 7th FP of the EU (SNIFFER), I helped to develop an intelligent network capable of detecting threats both in the food supply chain and in the prevention of (bio)terrorism. Sensors have been developed as well as ionic liquids with different properties, capable of being used as "bridges" towards other sensors or sensitive structures, or to act as sensors themselves. Within the scope of CORAL, I developed sensors for the detection of chemical species in aqueous medium (NO3-, NO2- and PO4-), with the purpose of creating conditions for social and economic sustainability in marine exploitation. At this time, I'm a part of AGRINUPES project which aims to create sustainability conditions in agricultural exploitations, namely through water and nutrient sustained usage; in order to attain this I research and develop sensors capable of determining their concentration in situ, assuring their adequate fertilization, promoting ecological and financial economy.